Meth Charges Filed, Cause of Death in 5-Month-Old Still Unknown

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik
By Krystal Shull

January 4, 2011 Updated Jan 9, 2011 at 9:01 AM EST

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Indiana's NewsCenter has learned methamphetamine charges have been filed against a Columbia City man and his girlfriend whose 5-month-old baby died mysteriously Monday.

Felony counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance have been filed against Janel Creech and Travis Wonderly. They have not been charged in connection with the baby's death.

Five-month-old Taylor Creech was pronounced dead after being rushed to a Whitley County Hospital Monday morning.

Workers at Parkview Whitley County Hospital called 911 Monday morning about a hysterical parent.

Columbia City Police responded first to the hospital, then to a home at 730 Camden Drive.

Neighbors say they witnessed a woman screaming and crying from her doorway that her baby girl had died. Shockwaves were sent through the residents of Camden Drive who said the people living in the home kept to themselves. As details about what was going on in the home have emerged, neighbors have begun to ask questions.

One of the biggest questions being asked is why a meth lab existed where an infant girl was being raised. Indiana State Police discovered the lab.

Columbia city Police Chief Michael Petersen says the cause of death has not been determined yet. It could be weeks before the results of the autopsy and toxicology screen are revealed. Chief Petersen says, “We're investigating the death of a 5-month-old baby girl. Currently, she's at the lab in Fort Wayne and we're just waiting on the report as far as the cause of death.”

The makings for methamphetamine were found in the basement and garage of the Camden Drive home.




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